Bruce Lee may have died from drinking too much water, new study says

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Bruce Lee was famous for saying, “Be water, my friend”, but the martial arts legend may have died after drinking a large amount of it, according to a new study.

Lee death from cerebral edemaor swelling of the brain, on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32. Spanish kidney specialists now claim the edema was caused by hyponatremia, which occurs when the sodium in the body becomes diluted after drinking too much water. .

In the research paper, “Who Killed Bruce Lee?” The Hyponatremia Hypothesis,” published in the December 2022 issue of Kidney Clinical Journalthe authors say the ‘Enter the Dragon’ star died because her kidneys couldn’t eliminate excess water.

“So far, the cause of Bruce Lee’s death is unknown, although many hypotheses have been put forward, from assassination by triad gangsters to the more recent suggestion in 2018 that he died of heatstroke,” the newspaper said.

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A normal human brain weighs about 3 pounds, but Lee’s weighed nearly 3.5 pounds, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“[W]We hypothesize that Bruce Lee died of a specific form of kidney dysfunction: the inability to excrete enough water to maintain water homeostasiswhich is mainly a tubular function,concluded the researchers. “It can lead to hyponatremia, cerebral edema, and death within hours if the excessive water intake does not match the excretion of water in the urine, which matches the timeline of Lee’s death. “

“The fact that we are 60% water does not protect us from the life-threatening consequences of drinking water at a faster rate than our kidneys can excrete the excess water,” the researchers added. .

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Lee’s wife, Linda Lee Caldwell, previously noted her husband’s whole liquid diet of “carrot and apple juice,” according to the New York Post.

Matthew Polly, author of “Bruce Lee: A Life,” often mentioned in his book Lee’s water consumption throughout the day.

“I think we had some water…it probably made him a little tired and thirsty. After a few sips, he seemed a little dizzy…Immediately after feeling faint, Bruce complained of a headache,” the author wrote.

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